[mythtv-users] WARNING: Samsung F4 owners / warning. Disable smartmontools

Matthew McClement mythtv at macker.co.uk
Thu Dec 9 11:05:41 UTC 2010

On 09/12/10 10:12, Jean-Yves Avenard wrote:
> On 9 December 2010 21:09,  <f-myth-users at media.mit.edu> wrote:
>>    > From: John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com>
>>    > It is now known that the samsung F4 has a buggy firmware that causes
>>    > 64 sectors of data to randomly be discarded from the write cache when
>>    > an ATA command to identify the device is executed during a disk write.
>>    > I have 3 F4 and I have verified that the issue does exist on my
>>    > drives. Samsung is aware of this bug and is working on a fix.
>>    > http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki/SamsungF4EGBadBlocks
>> The URL above now reports that [1] points at a firmware fix.  Assuming
>> you fight through the atrocious English, has anyone here tried the new
>> firmware?  (Gosh, that was quick, all things considered.)
> Great, so now where can I find a DOS bootable media that will allow my
> to flash my drives?

Use memdisk and GRUB. There's a couple of howtos out there, but this is
as good as an example as any:



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